Ottawa psychiatrist guilty of second misconduct suspended, fined
By Aedan Helmer
January 11, 2017

339 Gilmour St., Ottawa, ON, Canada

Ottawa psychiatrist Gerald Powell was found guilty of misconduct for the second time in three years, and on Tuesday was suspended by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and ordered to pay $25,000 in fines for questionable billing practices.

Powell, 59, is semi-retired and maintains a part-time practice at 339 Gilmour St.

He was suspended and fined by the college in 2014 for carrying on romantic relationships with two former patients, with the original complainant calling the relationship an “abuse of power.”

The disciplinary committee ruled Powell’s behaviour demonstrated “a blatant disregard for the well-being of his patients,” levied a nine-month suspension, a fine and ordered the doctor to complete courses on ethics.

After a second former patient came forward in 2009 with a separate complaint about Powell’s suspect billing practices, the college launched a broader investigation into Powell’s psychiatric practice.

According to disciplinary hearing records, investigators found numerous concerns in reviewing 25 patient charts, finding lapses in documentation, such as omitting start and stop times in appointments, and failing to document the monitoring of side effects from “atypical antipsychotic medications.”

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